Here is the latest South Carolina sports news from The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 28 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 105-97 last night for their ninth consecutive victory. Brian Roberts had a career-high 24 points for the Hornets, who have lost seven straight and nine of 10.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Bjugstad scored an early goal that stood up, and the Florida Panthers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 1-0 last night despite an injury to Roberto Luongo. The Hurricanes lost for the sixth time in seven games and have an NHL-worst 2-9-2 road record.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — All five starters scored 12 points or better as South Carolina broke a two-game losing streak with an 89-75 win over UNC Asheville last night. Led by Laimonas Chatkevicius’ 17 points and 13 rebounds the Gamecocks overcame a Bulldogs team that ran the floor like a track meet and launched quick shot after quick shot.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Jahlil Okafor had a season-high 24 points and Duke routed Furman 93-54 last night. Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils. They had little trouble remaining unbeaten, shooting 58 percent while holding the Paladins to 34 percent from the floor.